Semyon Bychkov photo credit: Sheila Rock

Hot on the heels of celebrating his 60th birthday in November 2012 by conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in three sold-out performances at the Vienna Musikverein, Semyon Bychkov makes an unexpected return to the orchestra to stand in for the indisposed Georges Prêtre as part of the orchestra's traditional residency at the prestigious Salzburg Mozartwoche. On 2nd February at Salzburg's Großes Festspielhaus he will lead them in a programme of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, Bizet's effervescent Symphony in C, and of course Mozart, in the shape of his great final Symphony No. 41 (the 'Jupiter'), marking another step in his ever-deepening artistic relationship with the legendary ensemble; a true marriage of musical sensibilities which will see Bychkov collaborating with the orchestra on numerous occasions across the coming seasons, both for symphonic concerts and in the pit of the Vienna State Opera.

"Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 came as the crowning glory of the concert. What abuse has the Vienna Philharmonic allowed to happen in this repertoire in the past years, to allow any sense of consciousness of sound to be sacrificed on the holy altar of fortissimo? [Under Bychkov] suddenly the symphony sounded cultivated and mild, with sensitively modulated melodies, and the soundscape remained understandable; so that even where threefold forte was required - and delivered - the highest expressiveness was allowed to rule, rather than brute force. This too, was truly philharmonic." - Die Presse, 2 December 2012


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